John Berkowitz is co-founder and CEO of OJO Labs, a technology company on a mission to empower consumer decision-making through its conversational artificial intelligence (AI) platform, OJO.
Berkowitz says OJO Labs had several standout accomplishments in 2019 that are propelling the company and fostering significant development opportunities for him as CEO. The year kicked off with closing a $45 million Series C investment round, bringing its total funding to $71 million, and solidifying multiple large commercial contracts. Shortly after, the company acquired a leading all-in-one real estate platform, stacking the team with more industry talent. The company’s national expansion has increased to over 40 markets and put its product in the hands of thousands of more consumers. Topping off the third quarter, the team moved into a 12,000-square-foot office to accommodate the fast-paced growth. OJO Labs also won numerous Best Workplace awards.
“Two areas are paramount focuses for me every day at OJO Labs,” says Berkowitz. “The first, ensuring the company is delivering a high-impact customer experience that fundamentally improves home-buying within the $2 trillion real estate industry; and second, continuing to build an outstanding company that is defined by being the best place any of OJO’s team members have worked at during their career.”
After earning a business degree in 2015, Berkowitz co-founded his first major venture, Yodle, which grew to over 1,400 employees and was acquired in early 2016. Also in 2015, he co-founded and launched OJO Labs.
Berkowitz says, “Building meaningful business platforms that defy the status quo has long been my M.O.”